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Phoenix Public Hearing Spotlights Bad AZ Anti-Worker Bills

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Members of the community, including union members, met with four Democratic Arizona legislators at a public hearing to call attention to the package of harsh anti-worker bills making their way quickly through the Legislature this session. The anti-union bills would  prohibit collective bargaining and voluntary paycheck deductions for union dues for public-sector workers. Another bill, considered a pet project of Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, would strip state employees of their civil service protections and turn them into at-will political patronage hires.

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Van Halen’s ‘Tattoo’ Shouts Out to Unions

This is a cross-post from American Rights at Work’s Blog at Work.

Van Halen has really got us going. The legendary rock band has reunited with original lead singer David Lee Roth and their first studio album in 14 years has shot to the top of the charts nearly as fast as Eddie Van Halen’s fingers fly up and down the fretboard. We’re jumping for the hit record’s first single, “Tattoo,” which features this great union shout out:

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Romney Calls This a Crowd. We Don't

Indy Rally

Talk about embarrassing. Mitt Romney in his home state of Michigan today held a rally that he must have had some high hopes for. He rented the home of the Detroit Lions, the 65,000-seat Ford Field. Quite turnout, for what surely included a bit of gold old fashioned Republican union bashing.

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Lockouts a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Workers

journey for justice

Linda Jones went to work at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio 37 years ago. Nathan Rand was on the job for five years at the American Crystal Sugar plant in Hillsboro. N.D.  Jones and 1,000 of her co-workers were locked out in August. American Crystal locked out Rand and 1,300 workers at seven plants in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota in November.

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Wisconsinites Speak Out Against Walker’s Agenda on Reclaim Wisconsin Tour

This is a cross-post by Karen Hickey, communications director at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

The Reclaim Wisconsin Tour has been criss-crossing the state giving citizens a chance to speak out on the local impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s disastrous agenda. Teachers, students, jobless workers, community members in La Crosse, Wausau and Eau Claire are coming together to discuss the local impact of Gov. Walker’s policies.

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Finnish Corp. Ignores Mexican Workers’ Requests for Real Union

Elizabeth Boomer of the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department sends us this.

PKC, a Finnish auto parts corporation with production facilities located in more than 10 countries in Asia, South America, Europe and North America, recently acquired a subsidiary named Arneses y Accesorios de Mexico. The workers in the plants want the National Miners’ and Metalworkers Union (Los Mineros) to represent them, but PKC North America President and CEO Frank Sovis informed the workers that “to protect itself and jobs, the company has decided to sign a collective agreement with the Mexican Confederation of Workers” (CTM).

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Steelworkers, Cooper Tire Reach Tentative Agreement

This just in: There is now a tentative agreement between the United Steelworkers (USW) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., with a vote expected on Monday.

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Wisconsin Workers Sticking with the Union

Two groups of Wisconsin public employees showed Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his anti-worker allies they are not intimidated by Walker’s law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public workers.

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Apply Now for Summer Term at National Labor College

Jennifer Wright Dorr, director of Strategic Communications at the National Labor College, sends us this.

Registration is open for the summer 2012 term at the National Labor College (NLC). The summer schedule is now available and courses run from May through August.

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Aer Lingus Flight Attendants Stand Strong in Face of Management Attacks

Darren Shiroma, executive assistant to the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, sends us this.

Last year, a small and brave group of flight attendants approached the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA with a goal to become union members with rights to collective bargaining with their employer. Today, they are being attacked by a textbook anti-union campaign run by a management that boasts positive labor relations with the 1,100 unionized Aer Lingus Cabin Crew in Ireland. Management honors the contract in Ireland and works collaboratively with IMPACT, the union representing 65,000 transport workers, while imposing lesser pay, benefits, work rules and an oppressive work environment for the 53 American-based Aer Lingus Flight Attendants.

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